Mtr. Maggie Helwig
The Reverend Maggie Helwig was appointed as priest-in-charge in May 2013, and as rector in January 2015. Before her ordination, Maggie worked as a writer, editor, arts organizer, and human rights activist. She spent nearly ten years as an organizer of the Friday Out of the Cold/Out of the Heat meal program, which began at St Stephen’s and is now hosted by St Thomas, Huron Street; she also worked as a parish outreach facilitator for York-Credit Valley, and chairs the diocesan Social Justice and Advocacy Committee. She has published twelve books of poetry, essays and fiction, and her most recent novel, Girls Fall Down (which includes scenes set in a slightly fictionalized St Stephen’s), was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award in 2009, and chosen as the Toronto Public Library’s One Book Toronto in 2012. She has been the literary editor of Canadian Forum, the co-coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Fair and the associate director of the Scream Literary Festival.
Maggie has lived near St Stephen’s for most of her adult life (currently in the Alexandra Park area, a few minutes to the south), and is delighted to be part of a parish with such a long history of engaged urban ministry in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, and of a Kensington Market community alive with art, activism and social concern.
Mtr. Andrea Budgey
The Reverend Andrea Budgey, our honorary assistant, is also the Humphrys Chaplain to the University of Trinity College and the Saint George campus of the University of Toronto.
Andrea completed both an M Mus (performance: oboe) and an MA (medieval studies: Celtic languages and literature, music) at the University of Toronto, and in 2006 obtained her M.Div from Trinity College. She was ordained priest in January of 2008, and was Assistant Curate at Saint Simon-the-Apostle in Toronto until the end of 2008. She has been involved in community outreach and advocacy for a number of years, and retains a strong interest in ecumenical and interfaith work; she welcomes constructive engagement with both seekers and skeptics. She is also advisory board chair of the University of Toronto unit of the Student Christian Movement. As a member and co-founder of the SINE NOMINE Ensemble for Medieval Music, she sings and plays harp, fiddle, recorder, and percussion, and has directed a number of medieval liturgical reconstructions. She has been an instructor (in Celtic Studies, music, and English) for Saint Michael’s College, the School of Continuing Studies, the Faculty of Music, and the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto, a freelance writer and researcher, bookseller, and calligrapher, and has also worked in radio music production and concert management.
Parish Musician and Organist
tel 437 344-3890
John returned to St. Stephen’s in the summer of 2011 after holding the position of organist and director of music from 1980 to 1996. He studied voice and organ at the Royal Conservatory of Music and spent time under the tutelage of Gerald Webster and Dr. Melville Cook. He has sung with Tafelmusik and the Exultate Chamber Singers and done recordings for the CBC. His interest in music spans a broad range, and as a pipe organ technician he spends much of his spare time working on our historic 1888 George Ryder pipe organ which is featured in the Wednesday noon hour concert series.
If you are interested in the music program here at St. Stephen’s please contact John via email.